Having taken a five two victory over Benfica in our opening Emirates Cup game this weekend, Sunday saw a two one defeat to Spanish side Sevilla.
Alexandre Lacazette scored his second goal on home soil in the game, and although we didn’t take the result the Emirates Cup remains ours based on goal difference.
Sevilla took the lead in the 49th minute before Lacazette had us level on 62, but a Steven N’Zonzi effort six minutes later saw him build on Jaquin Correa’s opener to give them victory.
It was all change when it came to giving players minutes though.
Cech, Koscielny (c), Elneny (Iwobi 78), Monreal, Bellerin (Bramall 46), Ramsey, Willock (Xhaka 60), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette (Walcott 78).
Martinez, Mertesacker, R. Holding, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Giroud.
Goals – Lacazette (62).
Soria (Rico 45), Carrico (Pizarro 73), Krohn-Dehli, Ben Yedder (Fernandez 80), Banega (Lenglet 60), Correa (Corchia 78), N’Zonzi, Escudero (Ganso 60), Pareja (c), Nolito (Montoya 45), Mercado.
Pozo, Matos, Lasso.
Goals – Correa (49), N’Zonzi (69).
Yellows – Escudero, Krohn-Dehli.
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Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Arsene Wenger gave an update on a couple of injury issues we had picked up across the games.
Namely Benfica saw Francis Coquelin limp off.
‘He looks like he has a scan tomorrow and I don`t think he will be available for the weekend. He doesn`t look bad, but he will not be available. It is an ankle problem, ligament.’
Kieran Gibbs was also sick over the weekend and Wenger said he was supposed to play on Thursday night at Boreham Wood, but he remains unavailable but with speculation linking him with a move away, Wenger would only comment he has one year left on is deal.
Shkodran Mustafi probably won’t feature in the Community Shield and depending on his fitness levels he might be a doubt for Leicester as well.
‘It depends. Mustafi has come back today and will have tests during the week. For the weekend [Community Shield], he will be short.’
The ongoing futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez also featured in the press conference.
‘I think in the future you will see that more and more. Players going to the end of their contracts. Why? Because transfers become so high, even for normal players, that you will see more and more players going to the end of their contract because nobody will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded and I am convinced that in the next 10 years that will become usual.’
Wenger also thoughts there were motivation benefits to players being in the last year of their deal as they simply have to impress their current club to get an offer, or they are impressing potential employers.
‘I think it`s an ideal situation. Everybody has to perform. When you are a football player you perform until the last day of your contract. What does it change that you have two years or one year to go? You go out on the football pitch, you want to play and to do well. I don`t understand. Do you really think that you sit in the dressing room before the game and you think ‘Oh, I have only one year to go – I will not play well today`? Where does that come from? When you`re a football player you want to go out and play and do as well as you can. What has that to do with the length of your contract? It`s a bit amazing. How long do you know that you will work for your company? As long as you work, you do well.’